This weekend’s massacre in Houla, Syria, is one of those stories that invites but doesn’t require hyperbole. 108 people killed, 32 of them children. 300 more injured, in an attack that included shelling, guns, and knives.
This took place during a ceasefire, while Syria is subject to the scrutiny of United Nations observers.
Kofi Annan is trying to hold together with duct tape a “six point peace plan”, and is headed for Damascus in the wake of the latest atrocity under the Bashar al-Assad regime. This plan was signed off by Assad on March 27.
Today there are reports gunmen in the town have been positioned with orders to shoot civilians who try to talk with the UN Observers.
Annan and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon today released this:
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